Separate sanctuary for stray cattle, goats in Delft


By Ifham Nizam

Plans are underway to set up a separate sanctuary for stray cattle and goats on the Island of Delft off Jaffna peninsula.

This follows a lengthy discussion between Wildlife Resources and Conservation Minister Wijith Vijithamuni de Zoysa and Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister Douglas Devananda last week where the former agreed to a proposal to the effect made by the later.

The Jaffna District parliamentarian had asked Zoysa to set up a separate sanctuary for stray cattle and goats as otherwise they would prove to be harmful to the wild ponies.

Devananada said that he intended holding a discussion at the Jaffna District Secretariat to be attended by all concerned to draw up a comprehensive workable plan. 

It was revealed at the meeting that a considerable number of ponies, stray cattle and goats died during droughts.

At an invitation extended by Devananda, Zoysa, officially paid a visit to the Island of Delft, last week to explore the possibility of setting up a Sanctuary for the wild ponies.

Nelson S. Edirisinghe, Media Secretary to Devananda said that at the discussion held between the two Ministers subsequent to the visit, Minister of Wildlife Resources Conservation had promised that he would soon draw up a plan to set up a Sanctuary for the ponies, complete with fodder and water supplies for conserving them as a national resource.

Sylvestri Allantin, Member of Parliament for Jaffna District and several officials from the Ministry of Wildlife Resources Conservation also participated in the meeting.

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